Harald T. Nesvik

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Harald Tom Nesvik

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Minister of Fisheries
Assumed office
13 August 2018
Prime Minister Erna Solberg
Preceded by Per Sandberg
Parliamentary Leader for the Progress Party
In office
17 October 2013 – 2 October 2017
Prime Minister Erna Solberg
Preceded by Siv Jensen
Succeeded by Hans Andreas Limi
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 October 1997 – 30 September 2017
Constituency Møre og Romsdal
Personal details
Born (1966-05-04) 4 May 1966 (age 53)
Ålesund, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Political party Progress Party

Harald Tom Nesvik (born 4 May 1966 in Ålesund, Norway) is a Norwegian politician and member of the Storting for Møre and Romsdal since 1997. He is a member of the Progress Party (FrP) and is perhaps most famous outside Norway for nominating Tony Blair and George W. Bush for the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. On 13 August 2018 he was named Minister of Fisheries.

Early life and education

Born in Ålesund in 1966 to salesman Odd Nesvik (1941-) and homemaker Ragnhild Pedersen (1943-). He attended Ålesund senior high school from 1982 to 1985. He studied Export marketing at Møre and Romsdal College of Fishery Technology from 1991 to 1993. He also enrolled in the Military Defence College. Besides studying he worked in as a salesman for a local electronics store, as well as a bouncer for a local security company. He was a former football player with Ålesunds oldest club, SK Rollon, and remains a die-hard supporter of that club along with local powerhouse Aalesunds FK.

Political career

An early member of the Progress Party, Nesvik became politically active after finishing high school in 1986. A member of Ålesund municipal council since 1987, Nesvik quickly became chairman of the Progress Party's Youth in Ålesund. He became chairman of Ålesund FrP by 1999. Before the parliamentary election in 1997, Nesvik was selected to run for the 10th seat in Møre og Romsdal county, which he gained. He has since been reelected to the Storting three times, serving four consecutive terms.

As the party joined the Conservative/Progress coalition government following the 2013 parliamentary election, Siv Jensen was appointed Minister of Finance. Nesvik was then elected the party's parliamentary leader.

Nobel Prize nomination

In 2002 Nesvik achieved brief international media attention when he publicly claimed that he had nominated British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George W. Bush for the Nobel Peace Prize.[1]

In his statement to the Associated Press, Nesvik justified the claimed nomination, which was controversial to some, as follows: "The background for my nomination is their decisive action against terrorism, something I believe in the future will be the greatest threat to peace... Unfortunately, sometimes... you have to use force to secure peace." [1]

The 2002 Nobel Prize was in the end awarded to former US President Jimmy Carter.[2]

Non-winning Nobel nominations are kept secret for 50 years by the Nobel committee, so Nesvik's claim is not officially verifiable until 2052.[3]

Storting committees


  • 1997: Nesvik, Harald Tom, Giskeødegård, Otto : Produksjonslære for fiskeindustrien, Landbruksforlaget.


  1. ^ a b "Nobel nomination for Bush and Blair", BBC News, 5 February 2002.
  2. ^ Press Release - Nobel Peace Prize 2002
  3. ^ Nomination Facts Archived 2011-06-04 at the Wayback Machine

External links

  • "Harald T. Nesvik" (in Norwegian). Storting.
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